For the fourth time in succession, the men’s national team of Belarus will line-up with the European handball elite at an EHF EURO.
This year’s competition follows in the footsteps of their participation at the 2014, 2016 and 2018 appearances – all of which have come under the leadership of coach Iouri Chevtsov.
Belarus’ first appearance at an EHF EURO saw them finish eighth in Portugal in 1994 – which remains their best-ever finish to date. It wasn’t for another 14 years before they would qualify again, when reaching the EHF EURO 2008 in Norway where they finished in 15th place.
However, with Chevtsov at the helm, the Belarusians have reached the main round in their last three EHF EURO appearances, finishing in 12th in Denmark in 2014, 10th in Poland in 2016 before finishing 10th again last time out at the EHF EURO in Croatia two years ago.
The performance in Croatia were helped by captain Barys Pukhouski and the experienced centre back was assisted by youngsters including goalkeeper Viachaslau Saldatsenka , left back Uladzislau Kulesh, pivot Artsem Karalek and left wing Andrei Yurinok, who top scored for Belarus at EHF EURO 2018.
The last three players named were all aged 21 at the last EHF EURO and they are sure to have learned from that experience – and that could be vital to Belarus’ chances this time around.
Hugely influential Centre Back who has been captain of the Belarusian national side since 2016. The HC Motor Zaporozhye man has become a key player for club and country, becoming the joint fourth-best VELUX EHF Champions League goalscorer. In February 2019 also became the first Zaporozhye player to be named EHF Player of the Month. Won a host of Ukrainian honours with Zaporozhye and had previously scooped national titles in Belarus with SKA Minsk and Dinamo Minsk.
Pivot Artem began his career in Belarus, firstly with Kronon and then SKA Minsk before his performances alerted the attention of Saint-Raphael in France. He joined the French outfit in 2016 and stayed for two years during which time he competed in the EHF Cup. A move to VIVE Kielce followed in 2018 and in his first season the Polish side reached the VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4, where Kielce finished fourth. His performances last season saw Karalek nominated for a place in the All-Star team.
Head Coach Iouri Chevtsov has been in charge of the national team for 10 years having taken control back in 2009 after a successful playing and coaching career. As a player playing for the USSER he won the World Championships in 1982 and Olympic gold in 1988. He begun coaching in Germany with TUSEM and Rhein-Neckar Lowen and went to guide them to national and EHF Cup success. Previously led Belarus to three World Championships and was at the helm at the past three EHF EUROs.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events